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3M Performance

3M is fundamentally a science-based company. We produce thousands of imaginative products, and we're a leader in scores of markets - from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives. Our success begins with our ability to apply our technologies - often in combination - to an endless array of real-world customer needs. Of course, all of this is made possible by the people of 3M and their singular commitment to make life easier and better for people around the world. We leverage these competencies to create innovative solutions for our customers and to also provide investors with attractive long-term returns.

Year-end 2013

3M is one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For the most up to date financial information, please visit Investor Relations (Worldwide, English).


$30.871 billion
$19.720 billion

64% of company's total

Net Income

Net Income
$4.283 billion
Percent to sales
15.1 percent
Earnings per share – diluted


Income tax expense
$1.841 billion


(Paid every quarter since 1916)

Cash dividends per share
One original share, if held, is now

R&D and Related Expenditures

For 2013
$1.570 billion
Total for last five years
$7.646 billion

Capital Spending

For 2013
$1.091 billion
Total for last five years
$6.522 billion


United States


For detailed information on 3M Leadership, please visit Corporate Governance (Worldwide, English).


  • More than 30 business units, managed under these five business groups:
    • Consumer
    • Health Care
    • Industrial
    • Safety & Graphics
  • Operations in more than 70 countries – 38 international companies with manufacturing operations, 35 with laboratories.
  • In the United States, operations in 29 states.


  • 8,400 researchers woldwide; 4,400 in the U.S.
  • Patents Awarded – U.S. 671; Total 3,300
  • 46 technology platforms, including:
    • Adhesives
    • Abrasives
    • Light Management
    • Microreplication
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nonwoven Materials
    • Surface Modification

For a complete list of 3M's 46 technologies, please explore our interactive Technologies table.

Environmental Results

  • Prevented the generation of more than 3.55 billion pounds of pollutants since 1975 with more than 10,800 Pollution Prevention Programs.
  • Received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for Energy Management.

Community Citizenship/3Mgives

  • 3Mgives consists of 3M/3M Foundation cash gifts, product donations and bolstered by employee and retiree volunteerism.
  • 3Mgives invests in Education, Community and Environmental programs in communities where we do business.
  • 3M and the 3M Foundation donated $60.2 million in cash and products to U.S. education and charitable institutions around the world.
  • Please visit (US, English) for more detailed information on 3M's community involvement.
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3M Science. Applied to Life.

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